Carniceria Y Mercado La Plaza, Fillmore CA

Phone: (805) 524.9626 Address: 1055 West Ventura Street Fillmore CA, 93015

Menu Favorites: Weekend “Pollo Asado” Special! Variety of Aguas Frescas such as: cucumber, strawberry, jamaica, horchata, melon & tamarindo.

“La Placita” is a grocery store & meat shop with an indoor food counter & a small dining area. You can order from a large refreshing, selection of homemade fruit drinks. I recommend the cucumber agua fresca for the hint of cucumber is exquisite and the fruit flavor is not overbearing. My favorite meal to order is the Pollo Asado Combo which is a weekend special. This special consists of a whole savory, grilled chicken with rice & beans, corn tortillas, grilled jalapeños & onions. The chicken tastes of lemon & salt. If the taste is too salty for you I recommend squeezing a fresh lemon on it. The meal easily feeds three adults. Chicken wings are not included unless you ask for them. Ask the cook to include the wings they are more than happy to comply.

Tip: The grill chicken special is only on the Saturday & Sunday. “La Placita” usually sells out by 3pm so get there early. Reminder -Ask for the chicken wings for they are not included. Visit their salsa & agua frescas bar inside the store. The fruit drinks are made fresh daily best to order them after 11am this gives the sugar time to settle & you can taste more of the fruit juice. Located at the corner of A Street & West Ventura Street (Hwy 126) across from Shell gas station & Catholic church.

Price: Bargain the Pollo Asado Combo is around $13.

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Rachada Thai Cuisine, Moorpark CA

Phone: (805) 552.0249 Address: 525 New Los Angeles Ave. Moorpark CA, 93021 www.rachadathaicuisines.com

Menu Favorites: Mango Rice (seasonal), Tom Yum Vegetable Soup, Eggplant Tofu with Sweet Basil plus a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, seafood, pan-fried noodle & currys.

Rachada uses the freshest ingredients. Whether enjoying a Thai Spring Roll, a Tom Yum Soup or a more elaborate entre, the sense of freshness is immediately apparent. Dishes look exotic, flavors are concentrated & complement one another. When in doubt ask the servers for they have great recommendations. My favorite are the vegetarian dishes they are simple yet have sophisticated seasoning, which leave my taste buds anticipating the next bite. I highly recommend the Mango Rice made with ripe mango, sticky rice & coconut milk – a great dessert large enough portion to share.

Tip: Conveniently located off New Los Angeles Ave., there is ample parking. Rachada provides Take-out, Catering & Delivery within a 3 mile radius with orderes over $20 & there is a $2.00 fee.

Price: Reasonable

La Huerta, Oxnard CA

Phone: (805) 981.1471 Address: 2826 Vineyard Ave. Oxnard Ca

Menu Favorites: Fresh fruit and veggie juices bar, fruit & veggie salads, sandwiches are pressed on a grill.

La Huerta makes delicious fresh juices, Mexican style “pico de gallo” veggie salads, “bionico” fruit salads & “tortas” sandwiches. My favorite order is a large juice either pineapple and oranges or the mixed veggie with beets, carrots, celery & oranges. I also recommend the grilled chicken torta which includes mexican cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado which is extra or the “pico de gallo” veggie salad which I order with cucumber, jamaica, pineapple, chile, lemon and salt. La Huerta offers the option of selecting and mixing fruits and veggies in both the juices and salads.

Tip: Call-in order at least 20-30 minutes before you arrive. La Huerta is standing room only and it gets packed! Expect to wait 30-45 minutes if you do not call ahead. Open 8am-8pm Mon-Sun. Call to make sure they are open. La Huerta has been closed for remodeling, holidays and vacation.

Price: Bargain! Salads, sandwiches & large juices cost $5.00 each and the portions are big.